Results of the fanart contest 2013 – Part 1

I received such an amazing number of great entries for this year’s Sandra and Woo and Gaia fanart contest that I’m still unsure about the exact order of the top 10, especially the places 2 to 6. Therefore I decided to at least write a blog post about all the other drawings that were submitted. Some of them have such a great quality that I wouldn’t have had a problem to give the prize money to the respective artists. Unfortunately for them, I received 10 pieces of artwork I liked even more. I will post the winners of the fanart contest next week. I cannot thank you enough for all the effort you put into these great drawings!

by Andrea Cabral: A very well-drawn picture by Andrea with a restricted color palette.

by Andy: Sandra and Cloud look a little older in Andy’s drawing. I really like the coloration and shading.

by Antonio Saavedra: A dynamic fighting scene featuring Ilias and Ryn.

by Eliza Mária Sándor: Eliza submitted one of the funniest drawings of the contest.

by Garrett Williams: I would totally watch this! A great idea by our long-time reader Garrett Williams!

by Joxtray: When such a well-drawn homage to Calvin and Hobbes doesn’t make it into the top 10, you know that the competition was hard. Maybe too hard?

by Ksenia: The magic effect with the wolf heads looks very interesting.

by Lorena Rogalla: A very cute drawing.

by Matt Ade: As one of the technically best drawings, this would have been in my top 3 if slaying dragons wasn’t completely out of character for Ilias. The role of dragons in Gaia’s society will be explored later in the story.

by Monica Miguel: A nice group picture of Gaia’s main character.

by Ray Zhang: HEY! LISTEN!! I believe Cloud is legally allowed to brutally murder his younger sister here… 😉

by Vill Kommen: Lilith shows her little magic trick.

by Willie O’ Brien: Our long-time reader Willie O’ Brien came up once again with a clever idea. If Sandra’s face were a little prettier, the drawing would have had the chance to make it into the top 5.

by Zsolt Gyurgyo: Zsolt gives us a nice retrospect of some memorable Sandra and Woo storylines.

Here are all the other entries I received:

Thanks to everyone who participated!

My personal top 20 from #1 to #499 – Places 1 to 10

On Sunday, I posted the places 11 to 20 of my favorite Sandra and Woo strips which have been published so far. Here is the top 10 of my absolute favorites.

10. [0119] The Departure

Sandra and Woo: [0119] The Departure

There’s no other strip which shows the attitude of all the main characters, except for Woo, in such a condensed way as this one. I really like the escalation from Sandra’s rather normal conversation with her father to Larisa’s eyebrow-raising one and finally to Cloud’s outlandish one. Ye Thuza is partially inspired by my own mom who’s an avid RPG player and active participant of renaissance fairs. I’m sure she would be equally mad at me for forgetting the rope when going into a dungeon. Compared to Ye Thuza, my mom’s kung-fu skills are seriously lacking, though.

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My personal top 20 from #1 to #499 – Places 11 to 20

499 Sandra and Woo strips have been published since 19 October 2008. Since the 500th strip is not yet finished, I compiled a list of my top 20 Sandra and Woo strips so far to shorten the waiting time. I excluded [0498] The Return Of The Empress from the list because that one should be still very fresh in the memory of all readers. I will post my personal top 10 on Wednesday or Thursday.

20. [0430] Software Engineering, Now With Cats!

Sandra and Woo: [0430] Software Engineering, Now With Cats!

This is the only Sandra and Woo strip which has been posted on a large number of other websites. I already thought that it will become more popular than a normal Sandra and Woo strip, but I didn’t expect such a spike of interest. The number of daily visitors on our website almost doubled on 19 November 2012 and again on 29 November 2012. I think our version of the famous “Swings” cartoon wouldn’t have worked half as well without the funny last panel.

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Vote for the best Sandra and Woo story arc so far

We’re just two strips away from the 500th Sandra and Woo strip. This is the right time for a poll about your favorite Sandra and Woo storyline so far. You can choose between the five winners of all previous polls and the recent story about Woo saving Lily during a thunderstorm since that one seemed to be quite popular as well.

–> You can find the poll in the voting widget in the right sidebar! –>

Here are links for all story arcs:

  1. Larisa is mistaken for a junkie by her principal: #60#68
  2. Sandra and her friends go on a treasure hunt in a factory: #117#135
  3. Larisa vs. her father’s artwork: #297#301
  4. Cloud writes a poem for Sandra: #333#337
  5. Cloud has a “problem” at the beach: #393#398
  6. Woo saves Lily during a thunderstorm: #471#482

USA intro

USA intro

I could not embed the video because the preview image kinda ruined the joke. There is also an alternative, more subtle version. The video was created by Sqorck.